17 Governors Set For UN-SDG Awards
Seventeen state governors will be awarded for the roles they have played in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. The award will be organised by the International Association of World Peace Advocates (IAWPA) official partner to the United Nations on Sustainable Development Goals.
The association in a press statement signed by its international spokesman Amb. Emmanuel Nkweke said the award ceremony is part of its activities to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the United Nations Sustainable Goals which was adopted by member states of the UN date back 25th September 2015 in New-York.
According to the statement, the governors of Lagos, Katsina, Rivers, Kogi, Anambra, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Kebbi, Bauchi, Imo, Taraba, Abia, Adamawa, Kano, Niger, Ogun and Kaduna states will be awarded in various areas of the SDGs. The governors according to the spokesman merited the award due to their activities in their respective states on sustainable development.
The statement said other individuals and organisations will be recognised for their efforts in promoting the SDG programme namely Access-Bank, Zenith Bank, TVC New, UBEC, and NTA even as the organisation has made invitations to all UN agencies in Nigeria to be part of the event. The association said the Senior Special Adviser to the President on SDG will be honoured with the award of 2018 African SDG Model Award.
The statement said with the award on the various state governors, they are expected to participate in the forthcoming 2019 United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals. It said the achievements of the governors will be displayed at the Global Festival of Action on SDG in Bonn, Germany next year adding that the first SDG Dashboard will be launched at the ceremony.
The award is expected to hold on Saturday 25th of September 2018 at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja. President Muahmmadu Buhari and the Ghanaian President who is the Co-Chair of the UN-SDG Advocates is expected to be the Special Guest of honours and Guest Speaker at the event.
Highlights of the event according to the statement include the cutting of the 3rd Anniversary Cake by the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Lightening of the SDG Clock by the Canadian Ambassador to Nigeria and the unveiling of the SDG Badges by the British Ambassador to Nigeria.
The association urged government officials at all levels to ensure that they tailor their programmes to embrace the SDG goals which it described as pivotal to overall development of mankind and ensure their participation at the event.